Marcia Moore
Spiritual Psychedelics  Ketamine

[1978 pdf] Journeys into the Bright World by Marcia Moore

[1981] Skull of Marcia Moore, Seattle Psychic, Found

Vault Papers #1 - "The Strange Case of Marcia Moore"    “The lows came about for a tangled variety of personal reasons, including the inexplicable happenstance that I became the target for a vicious onslaught by certain unknown persons who were willing to stoop to any means to discredit our work. My TV program was cancelled by an impersonator claiming to be me, and a vulnerable young female journalist who had interviewed me for the local newspaper was sufficiently intimidated to withdraw the story. Repeated phone calls to my coworkers in Ojai [California] conveyed scandalous lies, while psychic attacks were launched… The climax came when a phone call to Barbara Devlin in Ojai informed her that I had been critically injured in a car crash…” [Moore, p. 20-21]
    “One night while in a state between sleeping and waking I had a dreamlike vision of two repulsive gray sluglike creatures coming at me, one from either side. It was impressed upon me that this was an emanation deliberately sent forth by the same satanists who had been so viciously harassing my friends over the telephone, and that they were using an effigy of my body in their rites. At that point my fatigue was so great I thought, ‘Oh, I just don’t care. I’m not going to fight it.’ Thereupon one of the protoplasmic masses seemed to penetrate my right side at the level of the hip joint.” [Moore, p. 96]
    Moore also makes numerous references to her belief that she is doomed: her past life experiences seem to consist largely of incarnations that resulted in some sort of untimely death at the hands of the larger populace:
“The first lifetime to which I was regressed was one in which I had been a young maiden on a South Sea island… conducted up a steep mountain and hurled into a volcano as a sacrifice to the local deity. (Actually, I think I was supposed to be bearing a message to the god and this seemed a logical way to send it.) There was also a memory of having been shoved backward over an abyss, and, of course, Old Mary [referring to a previous incarnation as a witch] shivering on that damp dungeon floor. To this day it is hard to escape the conviction that we will once again be immolated, incarcerated or rudely dispatched as the result of engaging in forbidden practices.“ [Moore, p. 162]
    With that in mind, I was not surprised to find what had interrupted her until-then prolific oeuvre: she had mysteriously disappeared from her home in Alderwood Manor, Washington on one rainy January night in 1979, with no clue as to her whereabouts.  Her death immediately took on an archetypal significance in my mind: I simply could not stop thinking about what had transpired that cold winter night near Seattle. I thought back to the Ketamine FAQ: Had she been killed by some sort of cult that she had been trying to expose? Absolutely nothing about it made sense.  What made this story even more bizarre was that it didn’t corroborate with the other popular story circulating through ‘the underground’ – that her skeleton had been found in a tree, indicating that she had climbed up a branch and injected herself with ketamine and frozen to death. This version is detailed in Karl Jansen’s excellent Ketamine: Dreams and Realities, an account corroborated by both her late husband and John C. Lilly, M.D.: “Moore disappeared from her house on January 14, 1979. Her husband spent a year searching for her, including journeys to Hong Kong and Thailand, places to which she had traveled in the past. Her skeleton was found in early spring, 1981, in the place where she had frozen to death. She had made a journey at night into the dark world of the forest, a potent Jungian symbol, curled up in a tree, and then injected herself repeatedly with all of the ketamine she had been able to find. That night the pond froze over, the moon rose, and Fire Lady was killed by the ice.” [Jansen, p.54]  In addition, her late husband further believes that her death was a suicide: “Marcia became addicted to ketamine and committed suicide. The drug is dangerous and its use should not be encouraged… I told her it was a seductress, not a Goddess.” [Jansen, p. 54] 
    From the evidence presented, Marcia Moore’s fate seems clear-cut: she more than likely became delusional after extended ketamine binges and wandered out into the Washington forest where she endured some sort of accident. However, there is a substantial body of evidence which not only brings into doubt why Moore would have chosen to kill herself, but directly contrasts to the account given above.
    The account that crime reporter Ann Rule reported in her “true-crime” book A Rage To Kill corresponds closely to the account that I gleaned from other sources. While it is entirely possible that Moore walked out of the house in a ketamine-induced delusion, it seems unlikely that she would have committed suicide without at least leaving a note. Marcia’s brother, Robin Moore, was close to his sister and knew his sister would never disappear willingly: “She would not have disappeared without letting me know. She was writing a book for my publishing company. If there’s one thing she had, it was a very strong sense of deadlines. She would have called.” [Rule, p.258]
    Rule’s account does not jibe with the “frozen in a tree” account listed above. In her account, Moore’s whereabouts were completely unknown until her skull was found at a building site approximately two years after her disappearance. If this is true, then it could not be possible that her skeleton could have been found in a tree – either one occurrence or the other of her remains had to indicate her fate! Rule’s story seems to be the more accurate of the two by a high magnitude – it was also verified by Carol Cunningham, curator of Solstice Point (a memorial site for astrologers). In fact, the exact latitude and longitude of her skull is given on the site  “Marcia was last seen at approximately 8:30 PM PST on January 14, 1979, in Alderwood Manor, WA. 122W14; 47N10. 
Her skull was found on March 20, 1981, at 3:30 PM PST near 172nd and Bothell Way, 122W12; 47N52.” []
.....The real bombshell in this conversation was that the Seattle Police Department had lost her skull after they had recovered it for evidence. (You can’t help but think of Homer Simpson on this one – the most high-profile crime case in Seattle in the last couple of years, and the skull gets thrown out with some stale Winchell’s).

Who was Moore's fourth husband?  In the Concord Library information, her co-author of Journeys into the Bright World, and fourth husband is Alltounian (Howard "Sunny" Alltounian); in Rage to Kill Anne Rule writes of Dr. Walter "Happy" Boccaci as her husband living together in a duplex when she disappeared (chapter includes pages 251-262). What to do?